At the novel's start, Duncan is the present king of Scotland. A nobleman by the name of Ross informs Duncan of the present Thane of Cawdor's deception and wrongdoing. He then tells Duncan about a brave soldier named Macbeth who fights for good. Duncan, angered by the news of the Thane, orders him to be executed, and for Macbeth to be pronounced Thane of Cawdor. After his decision, Duncan thinks to himself, "No more the Thane of Cawdor shall decieve our bosom interest And with his former title greet Macbeth." (i, ii) This is very ironic. He is positive that he will not be deceived again, but as shown later in the story he is, but he suffers more greatly from Macbeth's deception.
Before hearing of this wonderful news, Macbeth speaks to three witches that predict he will be Thane of Cawdor and eventually king. Obviously, in disbelief he leaves, not yet knowing that he has earned the title. He then meets with a man who tells him this. When meeting with the king he is quoted as saying, "The service and the loyalty I woe, In doing it, pays itself. Your highness' part Is to receive our duties: and our duties Are to your throne and state, children and servants; Which do but what they should, by doing every thing Safe toward your love and honour." (i, iv) This quote shows Macbeth's honor and appreciation for his king and his country.
Macbeth then learns that the king with be coming to visit him at his castle,... [continues]
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